Uptown Minneapolis reaches out after condo fire

  • Article by: ROSE FRENCH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 1, 2013 - 8:36 PM

With free meals and fundraising, a nearby restaurant is leading the effort to help those who lost everything in blaze.

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waterdogzJan. 1, 1310:00 PM

Nice story. Too bad to read about the lost photos. Goes to show we should all keep digital copies of our family photos and videos with a backup service or in a drawer at work. Well worth the cost and hassle.

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MellersJan. 2, 13 1:33 AM

Or on clouds, though I'm not sure we're with technology or space yet. My back up drive is 20 feet from my computer-I'd be screwed, too. I've emailed myself a few of my most important documents and many of my photos are saved on Snapfish, but wow, I can't imagine losing everything. My heart goes out to these 8 families (and the one cat that parished)

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jimcrueJan. 2, 13 9:05 AM

The owners of the restaurant are very generous. It really shows what terrific folks live in Uptown and Minneapolis.

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joe_mnJan. 2, 1310:38 AM

Not sure how a 7 owner condo building is replaced after a total loss? Each owner has insurance but do they share a common policy to maintain or repair the shard space?

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uptownbrianJan. 2, 1311:01 AM

As one of the displaced former 1508 W Lake St residents, I am still overwhelmed by the level of support pouring in from our friends, neighbors, local business owners, the community, and from complete strangers. Alex and Jenna Victoria, (owners of Amore Victoria - 1601 W Lake St, MPLS, 55408) have graciously spearheaded the efforts to help my neighbors and myself try to rebuild after this devastating fire. The managers and staff of their restaurant are also working very hard to help in our time of need. Words cannot describe what a great group of folks own and work at Amore Victoria. Uptown/ECCO/CARAG/MPLS - Thanks for all of the support you, as a neighborhood and community, have given to the former residents of 1508 W Lake. You are amazing! Blatently obvious plug - Amore Victoria - 1601 W Lake St, MPLS, 55408 - awesome Italian food, catering and private dining events, Half-Price bottles of wine night, stellar Happy Hour, world class service and staff, off-street parking. If you have not dined here, bring some friends and bring your appetites! 'Like' them on Facebook, 'Yum!' them in person.

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maryeeJan. 2, 13 1:29 PM

Thanks to all the helpful people and businesses in Uptown. How great to start out 2013 reading about kindness and generosity!

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chukitoJan. 2, 13 9:01 PM

Brian and others: I'm very to hear of your losses, especially your photos and videos. Thanks to the businesses and association for stepping up to help these people. Now on to a technical note for all. Please look into online/cloud backup services. I use one myself and you can get 50GB of storage for $4/month. There are other options that can give you more or less storage, even for free on both counts. My service lets me back up to the cloud and in parallel to a USB drive in my office for quicker restores.

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